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governor christie, and i think this clearly the romney belief, is raising expectations for this race. they're predicting that the race will change fundamentally. what does that mean? states like ohio and iowa, become very close and tighten up. there will be a way to measure this. challengers tend to do well in debates. that's been the history. we believe that governor romney has more benefit out of this debate than we do. what we will tell the people, exactly where we are as a country, where we need to go, how we rebuild the economy to make the middle class secure, and with great detail so people understand, if this president gets re-elected what he's going to do for them the next four years. >> governor christie said that the wealthier are going to get a tax cut that is a lie from president obama. >> strong words, but not true. listen, analysts have looked at this. someone who makes over $3 million a year, would get over a quarter million tax cut if governor romney's plan was enacted. $2 trillion in defense spending that our pentagon and military leadership say we don't know. another tril
ups the ante saying mitt romney will turn the race upside down in the debate. >> you're going to be shaking your head saying it's a brand-new race. >>> our political team with three things to watch for. >>> taking sides, the controversial case unfolding tonight, the mother of five shot and killed by a u.s. border agent, but what happened just beforehand? tonight two very different accounts. >>> lake invaders. what's happening to america's lakes? the living, breathing organism that can now be seen from space and the threat the families living nearby. tonight, our correspondent right in the middle of it with the new warning. >>> and sidelined. for the first time we're hearing from one of those replacement refs. the moment that had even the ref wanting to cry. what he's saying about it all. >>> good evening. it is great to have you with us here on a sunday night. there are just 37 days until the election, but tonight we are focused on a more urgent countdown. just three days until that crucial first debate between president obama and governor romney. the first chance for voters t
it will be hard to get back in this race. >> mitt romney has to avoid be appearing detached. his to-do list, the three cs show compassion, that he's competent and that he indeed can connect to voters. >> on those three cs, that's where he's got to really do well. >> reporter: while they lead in the polls, team obama know that debates can be a game-changer. he needs to avoid appearing irritable aor impatient. >> they need him to answer questions short, concise. >> the pressure is on for this debate. it could be a huge audience. anywhere between 50 million to 65 million may tune in to see these two men square off on wednesday night. >> david, great to see you live. >>> let's bring in "this week" host george stephanopoulos. the goal wednesday night is for each candidate to focus on the other person's weakness. >> exactly. to avoid a justin bieber moment. i think obviously, there's much more pressure as david said on mitt romney. he's got to force an error out of president obama, he wants to dominate the coverage coming out of the debate so that he can get some momentum. on one hand, he has to
. the new poll showing the race in a key battleground state is slipping away from romney. why he says he is not worried. >> and the bay area native who survived a deadly of a good afternoon. what he is saying about his ordeal. >> and a quarter of a million dollar jackpot lost in san francisco. >> and then later on "nightline" -- >> i'm cynthia mcfaden, coming up next on "nightline," in the rebellion against the new healthy school lunch guidelines. and from harry potter to a new book for adults only. >>> there has been a major shift in momentum in the race for president. new polls show president obama now 10 points up on mitt romney in ohio which is a key battle ground state. abc news has moved ohio out of the toss up column and into the obama column. that gives the president 255 likely electoral college votes to 206 for romney. 270 are needed to win. both campaigned in the buckeye state today. abc news reporter david muir asked about the poll numbers tonight. >> i'm curious what you would say to some of your donors who might be concerned that this could be slipping away. >> i am pleased
. >>> to presidential politics and a major shift in the race. mitt romney heads to ohio today to begin a new, more aggressive strategy to win votes. president obama is in new york, where he's stepping on to the world stage. all this is unfolding with just 42 days until the election. abc's tahman bradley is in washington. >> reporter: president obama addresses the united nations general assembly this morning, during the final stretch of the campaign. the president is expected to deliver a wide-ranging foreign policy address, with the focus on middle east violence and a renewed warning to iran to suspend its nuclear program. republican challenger, mitt romney, continues to hammer the president's handling of foreign policy, taking aim at mr. obama for describing recent violence in the middle east, as bumps in the road to a more peaceful region. >> he said the developments in the middle east are bumps in the road. yeah. that was my reaction. bumps in the road? we had an ambassador assassinated. >> reporter: the white house fired back, insisting the president was not trying to downplay the seriousness
it comes to expectations. actual support the race is closer president obama leads mitt romney by just two points, 49-47%. that's why the debates could be the pivotal turning point the romney campaign is hoping for. governor christie predicted romney could close the gap with president obama after a strong showing. >> i have confidence when we get to thursday morning you are going to be saying it is a new race. >> reporter: president obama is holding debate prep in nevada, working on keeping his answers short and concise. >> the president has to be president. he killed osama bin laden i think he can stand up to mitt romney. >> reporter: mitt romney keeps hammering the president's foreign policy calling for a new strategy in the mideast saying the obama administration has been at the mercy of events, rather than shaping them. >> juke see the first debate right -- you can see the first debate right here. beginning at 6 p.m. this wednesday. >>> october 1st, u.s. supreme court convenes new session court-watchers call it the most important docket in a decade. at 7:00, the first thing the court w
. actual support among likely voters the race is closer, president obama leads mitt romney by two points, 49-47%. >> i have absolute confidence when we get to thursday morning you are going to say it is a new race. >> in guy killed osama bin laden i think he can stan up to mitt romney. >> mitt romney continues to hammer president obama's foreign policy in an editorial today romney calls for a new mideast strategy. see the first debate between mitt romney and president obama right here on abc7, live debate coverage begins 6 p.m. this wednesday. >>> october 1st, the u.s. supreme court convenes new session today. explosive issues like same-sex marriage, voting rights and abortion likely coming up. the first thing 7:00 this morning, pacific time, will release a list of appeals it will not consider. california's ban on same-sex marriage is not likely to be on that list f it is the 9th circuit ruling stands and same-sex would once again be legal in california. >>> 5:50. spare the air day today. >> any triple digits? >> head north, head east if you want real heat, head to the coast if you want
point in the race for president. both president obama and mitt romney have stopped campaigning this weekend instead burrowing into hard-core debate prep cramming their facts and honing their one-liners. it's "your voice, your vote" with just 37 days left until the election. abc's david kerley who usually joins us from washington is here at the desk. good to see you. >> nice to be here. you know, dan, this is a really big debate. this is part performance, part policy. the stakes are always high. but for mitt romney, some are saying it is make or break. and for the president, leading in the polls, it's a matter of not letting his challenger back into the race. president obama travels to nevada this morning where he will spend the next three days in debate camp reportedly at this posh resort in henderson. and he heads into the debate with the latest gallup tracking poll still showing mr. obama holding a lead. this morning it's six points. >> this is the ball game for mitt romney right now because if he doesn't do well in this debate, it's going to be hard for him to get back in th
7. >>> still ahead, -- -- 41 days until election day race heating up. live picture from ohio one of the swing states that both candidates are hitting hard. romney speaking now the president will be there later on. new polls could be causing concerns inside the romney campaign. we'll tell you more. >>> the shooting investigation bringing traffic to a crawl during the height of the evening commute in the east bay. >>> good morning. high temperatures today. coast partly sunny upper 50s to low 60s, 64 in san francisco with more sunshine towards the bay most of the bay hazy upper 60s to low 70s. 70s and 80s eastern seaboard, 60s and 70s seattle and portland all major airports on time except sfo, 53 minute flight arrival delays.ú >> announcer: live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >>> good morning. welcome it is:30 on this wednesday september 26th. you are looking live from our hd roof cam maybe starting to see a little light in the sky there. mike is going to tell us where it is cloudy this morning. don't -- he'll have the full story i'm katie marzullo in for kris
>>> tonight on "world news." race against time. mitt romney gets the word he's in a slide in battleground states. what does he do today to turn it around and why is he showing up with bill clinton? >>> game over. was this the worst call ever? >> two of the worst calls at the end of a football game i can remember. >> players, fans up in arms. who are these replacement referees. find out what we learned today. >>> real money. are you losing tens of thousand of dollars. is the bank telling you what your home is really worth? how to get that money back. >> that's a lot better. >>> and, look, no hands? has "the jetson's" car finally arrived? an announcement today, we'll soon be sharing the road with cars that drive themselves. >> go ahead much. >>> good evening. tonight we begin with the clock ticking and a candidate looking for a big move. 42 days to go until "your voice, your vote." and the new polls are tough. for republican governor mitt romney they show him in a slide in two absolutely critical battleground states, ohio and florida. what is happening and how will he turn i
. but looking at like hi supporters, the race is much closer. president obama leads mitt romney by two points. republican governor chris christie predicted romney could close the gap with president obama after a strong showing on wednesday's debate. >> i'm absolutely confident when we get to thursday morning, george. >> reporter: president obama is keeping his answers short and concise. >> the president has got to be president. this is the guy that killed osama bin laden. i think he can stand up to mitt romney but he's got to relax. >> mitt romney keeps hammering president obama's foreign policy. in a new op-ed, romney calls for a new strategy in the middle east. at the mercy of events rather than shaping them. >>> the supreme court convened for its new term with a full docket of hot-button issues like affirmative action, voting rights and same-sex marriage. in keeping with tradition, some of the justices took part at the annual red mass in washington. the archbishop asked them to folk kiss their ruling on what is best for society rather than what is popular. >>> breaking news overnight from
to expectations. looking at actual support among likely voters the race is closer. president obama leads mitt romney by two points 49-47%. >>> i have absolute confidence when we get to thursday morning you are going to say it is a new race. >> the president has to be the president he killed osama about weather i think he can stand up to mitt romney but he has to relax. >>> meantime, mitt romney continues to hammer away at president obama's foreign policy. in an editorial, romney calls for a new mideast strategy. see that first debate right here on abc7. live debate courtroom begins at 6 p.m. this wednesday. >>> oracle president gives today's keynote at the annual world conference in san francisco. last night the ceo ellison wowed 10,000 guests by announcing three new cloud-based products to help process fastest yet. just getting word that nokia and oracle have reached a mapping deal to try to come beat with google and apple an details coming out at the conference today. >> hewlett-packard will unveil its new tablet aimed at business customers for people who say they say need portability and
's stand down. >>> to the race for the white house. president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning in the same state again today, virginia this time after a day in ohio. in a new two minute ad set to air today, president obama promote as economic plan he says will create one million manufacturing jobs and cut oil imports. he's leading in the polls in ohio where he once again linked romney to his comments that 47% of americans are victims who depend on government >> the president: as i travel around ohio and look out on this crowd, i don't see a lot of victims, i see hard workers, that's what i see. >> romney is trailing in florida and iowa. was asked about the numbers. i'm pleased with some, less with others, frankly, at this stage polls go up, polls go down, that's what he said. he's trying to retool his message as some can cast early ballots today. >>> america's cup world series back in town next week. yesterday afternoon the team's practice officials say the interest outside the u.s. is building and an audience in san francisco is jut a matter of getting people to watch this new
. but the romney campaign says their internal polling in those states shows a much tighter race. >> they're going to have to plant the flag in ohio and fight like crazy. >> reporter: but romney's path to victory is shrinking. this week, abc news shifted ohio from the toss-up column to ohio. mitt romney would need to win nearly all of the remaining seven toss-up states to win the white house. and they all went for president obama in 2008. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> we have the most convincing evidence yet that water once flowed on mars. nasa's rover curiosity, beaming back pictures with pebbles that are rounded off. a fast-moving stream once flowed on the red planet. finding past water is the first step to find out if the environment was able to sustain life. >>> time, now, for weather across the nation. heavy downpours and flooding around boston, new york, philly and d.c. thunderstorms from the ohio valley to memphis and little rock. scattered showers along the gulf coast. and drenching rain in west texas. showers in the rockies. >>> 70s from billings to albuquerque. and in the midd
. the obama campaign has spent more than 40 million dollars in ads in ohio. romney campaign more than 20 million in three critical battleground states president obama is in the lead. romney campaign says their internal polling in those states shows a tighter race. >> they have to plant a flag in ohio and fight like crazy many >> reporter: romney's path to victory is shrinking. the president is within 15 electoral votes of the 270 he needs to win reelection. mitt romney would need to win nearly all of the remaining seven tossup states to win the white house. they all went for president obama in 2008. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> prep work gets in full swing today for next week's oracle open world the annual weeklong tech conference that brings in 50,000 gets underway sunday army of techs will begin transforming the moss mosconey center today. [ unintelligible ] >>> mike is here with the big story that affects everybody the weather it is changing. >> it is. today a little bit, tomorrow sunday, monday, big time changes heatwave coming in. what is slowing it today is thicker fog,
. >>> on to the race for the white house. president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning in the same state again today, virginia. the president is launching a new ad in seven battleground states today, promote ago economic plan he says will create a million manufacturing jobs and cut oil imports. he's leading in the polls in ohio where he once again linked mitt romney to his comment as that 47% of americans see themselves as victims who depend on government. >> the president: as i travel around ohio and look out on this crowd, i don't see a lot of victims. i see hard workers that's what i see. >> mitt romney is trailing in florida and iowa and was asked about the poll numbers. >> i'm very pleased with some, less so with others polls go up and down. >> romney trying to retool his message as some voters begin casting early ballots today. >>> america's cup world series is back in town next week. u.s. yacht racing might have the largest ever in person audience. the teams practiced in the bay yesterday officials say the interest outside the u.s. is building and audience here in san francisco it is a
manufacturing jobs and cut oil imports he's leading in the polls in ohio. romney says he's not pleased but adds the race is far from over. >>> breaking business news. campbell soup will be closing two plans one in new jersey and one in sacramento. the company says the closures are being done to improve u.s. supply chain and cost structure. the sacramento plant has been open since 1947 and has 700 fulltime employees scheduled to close by july of 2013. >>> one week after going on sale, there's talk of problems with the camera on the iphone 5. >> jane king with that and big changes possibly coming to your health insurance plan. >>> good morning. this is going to be closely watched, companies adapt to health care reforms, darden restaurants and sears giving employees a fixed sum of money and allowing them to choose their medical coverage and insure online the companies say most is not designed to make employees pay more the idea to give employees more control. amazon.com new online shopping site focusing on earth-friendly products, 20% discount and free shipping on first purchases and orders toldin
to the race. shows the mitt romney at 49 losing to obama with 47. much closer in that regard. >> so the first one wednesday. then we have two more coming up. >> this is the biggest one. this is the biggest one, no doubt about it. >> 36 days to go. >> 36 days to go. my goodness. >> not that we're counting. >> not that we're counting, no. >>> as the war in afghanistan winds down, the u.s. military has reached a grim new milestone. 2,000 servicemembers have now died in the war. the latest casualty, it was over the weekend when a soldier died in a fire fight with afghan troops. an american civilian contractor was also killed in that battle. >>> all right. there are new findings this morning in the government's botched gun-tracking program known as fast and furious with dozens more firearms now being linked to crimes in mexico. our new partner univision reports 57 previously undiscovered guns connected to fast and furious have been recovered at the sites of murders, kidnapping, and at least two massacres. >>> a detroit area woman who collected welfare despite wenning winning a million dollar lotte
to hold on and untie. >> thanks. >>> the race for the white house, now. it's "your voice, your vote," just 35 days before the final vote. and president obama and mitt romney, one day away from that first and crucial debate. both candidates cramming in private. the stakes could not be higher for romney behind now in the battleground states. abc's jake tapper is in las vegas where the president has set up his debate camp. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning, george. that's right, both campaigns have been intensity participating in mock debates. president obama working on keeping his answers concise. mitt romney, his aides say, is getting used to the one-on-one format, with the race so tight, anything could happen and so much could ride on tomorrow night. mitt romney held a rally in denver overnight, where he previewed tomorrow night's fireworks. >> these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. and the american people have to make their choice as to what kind of america they want. >> reporter: he will likely start t
want to consider public transportation. >>. >> and race for white house, both rez obama and mitt romney trying to get voters on their side. and what candidates are saying today. >> yesterday, ohio, today, virginia's turn. the president was in an area with a large military installation. >> it's time for a new patriotism. this is rooted in believe that growing our economy begins when w.a strong, thriving middle class. >> mitt romney reached out to veterans in the critical northern virginia suburb. >> we're going to make sure to restore our economy to put people back to work and are going to do those thing autos and right now the president has the edge including virginia. he's ahead by four points and yesterday, said he's not detered by number autos i'm impressed with the polls but poll goes up and down. >> and there is voters started heading to polls today, thursday, they can do the same. >> that is why the ad where he is speaking to the camera for two minutes looks like a closing argument. >> there will be debates if i can sit down with you in your living room here is what i'd say. >> wi
brand-new race. >> challengers do very well in debates. we believe governor romney will get more benefit but what we're going to tell the american people is exactly where we are as a country, where we need to go, how we rebuild an economy that makes the middle-class secure. >> carolyn: president's advisories say mitt romney may come up with zingers on wednesday night but that is not something that voters will be basing their vote on. >> critical mass in 300 cities worldwide as the group celebrates two decades of pushing for cyclists rights. in san francisco a farewell bike ride begins at 1:00 this afternoon starting at 16th and heading to ocean beach. friday's massive anniversary ride tied up traffic during the evening commute but there were no arrests. >>> bay area moms are supporting a georgia whoever who was kicked out of a restaurant after refusing to breast-feed her baby in the restroom. a nurse in was held at restaurant on friday. a group called mothers right to choose organized it. >> its nationwide rally that support the mother that was kicked out of georgia restaurant for breast
much. george? >> okay, amy, thanks. >>> the race for the white house now. "your voice, your vote." and a bunch of new polls show mitt romney has his back to the wall with just 41 days to go. he's behind in all the key battlegrounds. none more important than the buckeye state, ohio. and david muir starts us off from there this morning. good morning, david. >> reporter: great to see you. and the new poll numbers you speak of have daunting numbers for mitt romney. down, trailing the president by ten points in ohio. nine points behind the president in florida. both states he desperately needs. that's why romney is here in ohio today. but so is the president. dueling rallies in the buckeye battleground. ♪ the boys are back in town >> reporter: together on the trail for the first time in more than a month, mitt romney and paul ryan looking to halt the president's lead in ohio. no republican has won the white house without it. >> o-h! >> all: i-o! >> reporter: in front of that ohio crowd, what appeared to be a sudden shift from romney, in one of his key arguments. after repeatedly say
shrinking, florida's looking like a must-win for romney. but today, his runningmate, ckman paul ryan, focused on new hampshire, with four electoral votes. but ryan said that could be a difference in the race that will come to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. [cheering] >> reporter: the campaign shifts into a different stage this week, with wednesday night's high-stakes showed own showdown between about the barack obama and mitt romney. >> every change that has happened in a debate, if you look at the history, it's changed because of somebody's mannerisms or style -- they did badly or well. >> reporter: both candidates will spend the next few days in intense sessions. romney may have the most on the line. his campaign is looking that the for a chance for a game changer. abc news, washington. >> one of the country's best-imeen newspaper mat nats day died. arsure solsburger was 86. he page passed away. his paper published the pentagon papers. known as punch, the former marine captain was a fi
. >> with his path to the white house shrinking, florida you is looking like a must win scenario for romney. but today paul ryan focused on new hampshire. the granite state has four electoral votes, but ryan said that could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts to a different stage with wednesday night's high stakes showdown between president obama and romney. >> if you take a look at the history of debates, it is not about policy specifics. it is not really about facts. every change that happened in -- because somebody's style did badly or did well. >> both candidates will spend the next few days in intense prep sessions. trailing in the polls, romney may have the most on the line. his campaign is looking at this debate as a chance for a game changer. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> the city and county of san francisco are looking for poll workers for the upcoming election. applicants must be u.s. citizens, at least 18
shrinking, florida you is looking like a must win scenario for romney. but today paul ryan focused on new hampshire. the granite state has four electoral votes, but ryan said that could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts to a different stage with wednesday night's high stakes showdown between president obama and romney. >> if you take a look at the history of debates, it is not about policy specifics. it is not really about facts. every change that happened in -- because somebody's style did badly or did well. >> both candidates will spend the next few days in intense prep sessions. trailing in the may have romney may have the most on the line. his campaign is looking at this debate as a chance for a game changer. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> the city and county of san francisco are looking for poll workers for the upcoming election. applicants must be u.s. citizens, at least 18 years of age and registered to vo
to the white house shrinking, florida is looking like a must-win area for romney. but his running mate focused on new hampshire. the granite state has just four electoral votes but ryan said it could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts into a stink stage with the high stacks showdown 2003 president obama and romney. >> if you take a look at the history of the debates, it's not about policies or facts. every change that happens in a debate if you look at history, it changes because of somebody's mannerisms or style. they either did badly or well. >> both will spend the next few days in against prep sessions. trailing in the policy, romney may have the most on the line and his campaign is look at this debate as a chance for a game changer. abc news, washington. >>> is the debate showdown a make-or-break event for mitt romney? can president obama defend his record on the economy during his first term? that's the debate taking place
years. >> with his path to the white house shrinking, florida is looking like a must-win area for romney. but his running mate ryan focused on new hampshire. the granite state has just four electoral votes, but ryan said it could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts into a different stage with the high stakes showdown for president obama and romney. >> if you take a look at the history of the debates, it's not about policies or facts. every change that happens in a debate if you look at history, it changes because of somebody's mannerisms or style. they either did badly or well. >> both will spend the next few days in intense prep sessions. trailing in the polls, romney may have the most on the line and his campaign is look at this debate as a chance for a game changer. abc news, washington. >>> is the debate showdown a make-or-break event for mitt romney? can president obama defend his record on the economy during his first
mitt romney have to do for us to start writing the mitt romney comeback story? >> he has to do very well. he's in a race that's a five-point or six-point national decline on his part. he's losing in all of the electoral states. he does not want to get in a situation where this goes past him and he can't catch up. he's got to do it on october 3rd. and he has to do well. and i think the race will close. he'll show up and do reasonably well. but he has to do that. >> you have said in your online column that it's more about style than substance for him. why? >> if you take a look at the history of debates, it's not really about policy specifics. it's not really about facts. people have heard a lot about that. they've seen it. they've read it. it's more about the cues that indicate the personality or how they're going to be or mannerisms. every debate has changed because of somebody's mannerisms or style did badly or did well. that's where changes occur. >> going through the primaries, i believe he debated 20 times. in a lot of the debates, everybody was attacking him because he was the
it's a brand new race. >> reporter: and if the president argues that romney wants to cut taxes for the rich, christie's response -- >> stop lying. he's saying that the wealthy will pay just as much. >> reporter: romney does say he would eliminate tax cuts across the board, but would lower common deductions, too. with the new poll showing the majority expecting the president to win the debate, the president's focus will be to avoid unforced errors. like president bush checking his watch back in 1992. or vice president al gore taking that awkward step towards george w. bush. >> and i believe i can. >> so many believe that al gore had invaded george bush's personal space there. we had a poll asking who would you like to see on "dancing with the stars," 51% said the president. 26% said romney. but also this, who would you trust to babysit your children? listen to this. dead even. both at 41%. >> i'm not surprised by that. one is a good father. the other, a good grandfather and father. the likability so important. thanks, david. george? >>> thank you very much. arnold schwarzenegger
% believe romney will win. which offers romney a real opportunity to exceed expectations. republican chris christie, predicting just that. >> you're going to be shaking your head, saying it's a brand new race. >> reporter: and running mate paul ryan just today, hanging success on these final 36 days on the debates. >> the debate and choice phase, the debate phase in our campaign. we will make this case in our debates. >> reporter: and today, a bit of a hint on what we'll hear on that debate stage. we heard repeatedly, quote, we cannot afford another four years like the last four years. we can expect to hear that. and one morae a more acknowledg, and they say with the numbers where they are in the battleground states right now, they are not trying to reach the undecideds, they are trying to peel away some of president obama's supporters too, diane. >> all right, david. david and jake and george stephanopoulos and i and the entire abc news political team will be covering it, one-on-one, wednesday night. the candidates debate, beginning at 9:00 eastern/6:00 pacific. >>> and now, the latest on
on the campaign trail as president obama and mitt romney hunkers down and prepares for wednesday's debate. a new abc news/"washington post" poll shows a very tight race. so both campaigns see tomorrow night as a big opportunity. this presidential campaign has been going on for nearly two years and finally it's debate season for the nominees. the time when americans seem to really start paying attention. president obama's rehearsing with senator john kerry and mitt romney is squaring off against senator rob portman. both candidates have challenges and checklists. president obama's working on shorter answers, trying to avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. democrats say he needs to look strong and forceful and not appear irritated or impatient. >> they're trying to get him into the mode of being able to answer questions, short, concisely, and to the point, and so it's much more like his mannerisms and his style and the way he comes across as opposed to information in this. >> reporter: and mitt romney? he has to seem relatable, especially after his 47% comment. how can h
the people of america. romney acknowledging that some of the polls show him behind president obama. but he pointed to the first presidential debate less than a week from now as a potential turning point in the race. >>> in new york it was a rough ride for nearly 200 people aboard a brazilian jetliner from rio. they were bracing for a crash landing at kennedy airport because the landing gear was stuck sideways. you can see it there. the pilot circled twice before touching down. the nose gear seemed to miraculously straighten itself out just before the plane hit the tarmac. thankfully no one was injured. but some anxious moments aboard that plane. >>> airlines across the country are raking in big profits from what used to be a free service. they're pocketing billions of dollars in baggage fees all coming at the expense of fed up passengers. abc's brandi hitt has the story. >> reporter: checking your bag at the airport has added up to big business for u.s. airlines. so big airlines raked in record profits from each and every luggage fee according to a new federal report. >> it's outrageous. >
for the race for president tonight. new spol polls show the president up in ohio. abc news moved ohio out and into the obama column giving 255 likely votes to 206 for romney. 270 needed to win the election. and both campaigned today. the president seized on momentum, linking romney to comments that 47% of americans are victims who have been depending on the government. >> i don't believe we can get far with leader who's write off half of the nation as victims. i don't see a lot of victims i see hard working ohioins. that is what i see. >> near clearland romney tried to repair the damage, expressing empathy, claiming policies would help get them back to work. >> cutting through words you can look at record. and when you can see policies that have not created the jobs america needs, then, you know it's time to choose a new leader. get a new coach. get america growing again. >> history says it's a must win for romney. >> and a tv you tell to change channels. and those are just some ideas out of a lab in palo alto for your smart phone or tab blet. there is at and t calls it a foundry. but it'
tracking poll will be a concern for the romney campaign. that's the poll they've been pointing to make the case this is still a dead heat race. but the president taking the lead in that poll, as well. we asked the governor about these poll numbers as a new ad comes out this morning from the president. he's trying to keep that lead. >> read my plan. >> reporter: this morning, a rare and new two-minute pitch. a new ad from president obama, up in 17 battleground states, as he tries to shape the final weeks of this quickly shifting race. >> there will be debates, speeches and more ads. but if i could sit down with you in your living room or around the kitchen table, here's what i'd say. >> reporter: it comes as the president is buoyed by strong poll numbers in crucial states, ohio and florida. we asked the governor about the ten-point lead in ohio. what do you say to your donors who might be concerned this could be slipping away? >> i'm very pleased with some polls. less so with others. but frankly, at this early stage, polls go up and polls go down. >> reporter: some republicans fear this
cleveland. >> how long will it last, though? >> probably one day. >>> the race for the white house now. just 39 days to go before "your voice, your vote." and just five days to go before what could be a make-or-break first debate for mitt romney. abc's david muir is just back from traveling with the romney campaign. he's here with us now, for an inside look at how both campaigns are preparing for the showdown. welcome back. >> reporter: this is always fun and predictable. both sides are already trying to lower expectations. the obama campaign arguing in five of the last six debates, the challengers were perceived the winners. pointing to all the debates during the primaries. romney's had a lot of practice. as you'll see, the romney camp, painting the president as a master orator. after chasing each other through ohio and virginia -- >> we've got the win in virginia. >> we will win in ohio. >> reporter: -- overnight, a shift to that crucial first debate. overnight, a senior adviser to the romney campaign, sending a memo to romney surrogates. setting expectations low. saying president obama is
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